Fashion Over Reason

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Silhouettes and Proportions

Fashion Over Reason, Ann Taylor oversized knit, Brooklyn New York, nighttime shoot, messy bob

If there's one thing I have a soft spot for when it comes to fashion and style is having fun with interesting and unexpected proportions. Untraditional ways of putting together different shapes can take your look to the next level without having to put any extra effort into it. The way you pair your garments can alter your silhouette as a whole, and can be an very clever strategy to stand out in a good way.

We've seen it in recent years with the rise of the oversized, and more specifically with items like culottes and boxy construction, embodied by style icons like the Olsens, which they trickle down brilliantly into their luxe line The Row. The wonderful Camille from COTR also has a stellar touch when it comes to balancing clothing ratio. Another expert at this is Jayne from Stop it Right Now (side note: major #girlcrush). There are a ton of other example I could cite, but this gives you an idea of what I'm talking about.

To strike that perfect equilibrium while piling on the layers, the goal is to evoke something offsetting, but to channel a polished, nonchalant essence. It's about mixing unexpected pieces, fits and cuts that look surprisingly completely cool together. Think hemlines, heel and ankle heights on shoes, the absence of tailoring, overindexing on tailoring, exaggerated forms, etc.

I attribute my penchant for proportion play to my disdain for the ordinary. I hate seeing things over and over again, repeated by legions because of something's it factor. I like to veer from the norm and find interest in things that are much more surprising. That goes for everything, but it particularly applies to style.

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Photos by Ian Rusiana

Knit - Ann Taylor
Dress - Topshop
Poncho - Suno
Booties - Pour la Victoire
Bag - Cowboysbag

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Few Details

I haven't had a chance to blog much this week cause I've been traveling for work (find out where here), but I thought I'd share just a few detail shots of things that I'm feeling these days. Obvi, follow me on instagram if you want to keep up more regularly with my shenanigans and other daily sensibilities... But for now, let's get to it. Here are three things that I've either been wasting time thinking too much about or that I've been entrenched with as of late.

Little trinkets, Garance Dore illustration, John Derian letter plate, finish the outfit letter, vintage jade elephant chain
I'm lucky to live just a few blocks from Catbird (I know, I know), which actually makes it really difficult not to blow my entire bank account in the store every single day. But aside from their vast selection of super pretty jewels, they also carry the cutest little trinkets you didn't even know you needed until you go there and decide that you can no longer live another day without that particular lip salve (wait, what? Yes.).

Catbird is also one of my go-tos for cards. Any sort of card, really: thank you, welcome baby, I love you, congrats on your wedding, sorry not sorry, happy birthday, you name it. When the card actually serves no precise purpose but has an irresistible illustration on its cover, I still buy it and I keep it for myself. I like to frame them and hang them up on the wall. Improvised wall art, if you will. Anyway, all this nonsense just to say that when I popped in there the other day to pick up a birthday card for my dad when this Garance Doré print was screaming at me to be taken home. Naturally, I obliged.

The letter plate is from the magical land of John Derian and it was a wedding present. I adore it and have been debating forever now if whether I want to keep is on its back or find some sort of fixture to hang it on the wall. Still pondering the issue... Inside the plate is another H letter, this one being another gift from my dear friend Stephanie, which is a charm for a necklace. As for the jade elephant chain, that's one of my dearest pieces of jewelry, a gift from my grandmother.

Fashion Over Reason denim details, Alternative Apparel camo tee, Nasty Gal high waisted denim
I've really been into high-waisted denim as of late. I've always been a fan of the high rise style and have forever appreciated it on others, but I just wasn't particularly fond of wearing it because I didn't think it was flattering for my body shape: square (aka thick waist). But it appears that I've had a change of heart and can't get enough of these Nasty Gal jeans. Along with this camo tee that I picked up in Miami this past December, the softest top I own, no joke. I wear it every day. And the Vans in the back, of course

Fashion Over Reason shaggy hair, messy bob, blonde, bedhead
And finally, my hair. You see, I have this weird thing about my hair where I cut it only once or maybe twice a year. Which is why I keep it relatively short: my strategy for a good grow-out scenario, which leads to avoiding the scissors for a while. It's also no secret that I like my hair to be a big ol' mess, but it's naturally very (read: extremely) pin straight and it takes a lot of plotting for it to reach the texture I consider to be ideal. Well, this is it, friends: pretty much my ideal length, ideal color and ideal style.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Not So Classic

Fashion Over Reason makeup check

There are certain items that are considered to be timeless classics in the fashion world. Blue jeans, crisp white shirts, black pumps, the LBD and, yes, the trench coat. While the latter khaki-hued piece of outerwear is indeed a great staple to have in your closet -- every woman should own one, given that it's a flattering silhouette on you -- that's not to say you can't also have fun with it.

I was super excited about this leather-sleeved iteration. I love little seasonal updates to keep things fresh. Additions like this provide your style with instant modernization without straying far from its core, tried and true sartorial identity. And golden hour on a crisp-but-not-frigid NYC evening awarded this type of gear the perfect setting.

A fun handkerchief tied around thy neck and I was all set.

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Photos by Ian Rusiana

Trench - Ann Taylor
Jeans - J Brand
Boots - Alexander Wang
Bag - Bottega Veneta
Scarf - Liberty of London
Sunglasses - Ray-Ban
Nails - 3.1 Phillip Lim for NARS

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Friday Inspo

Another week bites the dust. A cold week, at that. The temps have been pretty nasty in most of the country, unless you're in Florida or Cali those lucky dogs. Nevertheless, the week was good and now it's time for the weekend, which is what we all live for, right? Hope you guys enjoy it xx

Janice Alida for Zara the Edit Nadja Bender in the H&M Studios FW 2014 look book, glam olive slip dress, faux fur coat, leather knee high bootsNatalie Joos by Tommy Ton for style dot com, street style, fashion weekAshley Olsen and Christian LouboutinOpening Ceremony Magritte collection look bookShu Pei, model off duty, street style, Paris Fashion Week, fur coatProenza Schouler SS15 runway detail shotTibi look book, fall 2014Steve Milatos, Suvi Koponen, Lara Stone, Saskia de Brauw, MAriacarla Boscono, Daan Van Der Deen, Daria Werbowy, Anna Ewers, Meghan Collison, Amanda Murphy, Filip Hrivnak, Raquel Zimmermann photographed by Mert & Marcus, styled by Edward EnninfulDiana Moldovan walking the Wes Gordon Spring 2015 Ready-to-WearColumbine Smille, swedish blogger, Style By magazine stylist, Stella McCartney dressTwiggy, mod icon, model, 60sEverlane look book, black scoop neck teeStreet style, monochromatic all black look, Paris fashion week3.1 Phillip Lim accessoriesReformation Caldara DressRachel Zoe runway ss14, messy french braid beauty look, freshLara Stone for Vogue UK September 2014, The Wolf In Her photographed by Mario Sorrenti, Styled by Kate MossValentino Rockstuds fall 2014Malaika Firth in the J.Crew style guide look bookNatalie Joos for SoludosNoot Seear for Jean Stories, vintage Levi's 501, mom jeans, cherry blossom treeRodarte ss15 beauty look, models, street style, Tommy Ton, style dot comLucie de la Falaise photographed by Corinne Day for Vogue US January 1993, styled by Camilla NickersonElin Klin at fashion week, Levi's 501 jeans, style iconLee Radziwill, 1972Romance, kissBinx Walton street style, model off dutyStrappy Mary JanesAt home with January Jones on Violet Grey photographed by Ben Hassett, styled by Karla Welch
[Violet Grey,, J.Crew, Jean Stories, Soludos, SAKS, Everlane, Columbine Smille, Tibi, Opening Ceremony, Zara, TFS, Pinterest]